To squeeze the most benefit out of this course, it is important to make sure that you’re using suitable techniques while studying.
It can be tempting to skim through the lessons, briefly reading the information before moving on. While this can feel like you’re making great progress, and you might be able to glean the meaning of each lesson while reading through, it’s difficult to really store information to memory without taking your time. Studying in this way often leads to difficulties during the quizzes and final exam at the end of the course.
Here are some tips which we recommend following to help you really master the lessons and their content.
Study with care:
When it comes to reading through the lessons we would recommend the following process:
- Carefully read each lesson from top to bottom – twice.
- Make notes on paper during the second read-through.
- Take time to consider the different notes which you’ve made. Ask yourself if they raise any other questions which you’d like answering.
- At the end of the module, check back and see if there are any notes which you’ve made, but weren’t able to find the answers for during the module. If there’s anything which you’d like some more info on, our tutors will be happy to help.
Prepare your workspace:
Studying online requires a degree of self-discipline. When studying, we recommend setting yourself up for success:
- Turn off any televisions or similar devices around you.
- If you’re studying on your laptop/pc then we also advise logging out of Facebook, and closing down any other distracting websites or apps.
- Only log in and start studying if you have a minimum of 20-minutes available.
- Have a notebook at hand.
Do the exercises:
You’ll see boxes containing exercises at several parts throughout the course. These exercises set challenges for you to do and are a great way of forming pathways in your brain to help you recall the information at a later date.
We strongly advise taking the time and effort to try these exercises, and if you get stuck you can always check with a tutor for help.
By considering these different tips, you’ll be setting yourself up with the best potential to succeed with the course assessments and to store the course materials in your long-term memory.